Amatsu Techniques

Amatsu involves the following Japanese skills which, in practise, are naturally blended throughout the treatment.

Anma can be translated as ‘to push and pull’. It is one of the oldest forms of massage in the world, originating in China over 5000 years ago. Over the years Anma has influenced other forms of massage such as Shiatsu, Tuina and Swedish massage.
Anma does not involve the removal of clothing and use of oils as in other forms of massage. It uses special techniques to stimulate key points (Tsubo) on the surface of the skin to promote the body’s natural self healing abilities. When these points are stimulated they release muscular tension. This facilitates the circulation of blood and energy and the removal of toxins which, in turn, promotes growth, repair and the restoration of natural function.

This means to ‘correct the body’. Whereas Anma works on the muscles of the body, Seitai focuses on the ligamentous system. Ligaments act as both a support and a movement suspension system for the stability of a joint. Any illness or injury will alter the pull of muscles and therefore ligaments around the joints. Seitai works to balance, realign and integrate joint movement. The improvement of joint function will benefit the musculo-skeletal system as a whole and, in turn, improve well-being, homeostatis and proprioception.
Seitai is the aspect of Amatsu medicine which most closely resembles Western osteopathy but is gentler in nature and uses no high-velocity spinal manipulation.

Shinden is known in other disciplines as visceral manipulation. It aims to alter the pulls in the fascial tissues that surround and support our vital organs. As organs function they need to alter their space within surrounding structures eg the lungs expanding and contracting. Injury, illness and incorrect posture can lead to pulls in the fascia supporting an organ which, in time, can lead to organic changes and even disease.